In a contest that required two run-off elections, Dower received 302 votes in the final round of voting during the NAA’s annual election July 14. Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS, of the World Wide College of Auctioneering Inc., Mason City, Iowa, received 248 votes.
Before the vote, Dower, of Ayers Auction & Realty, MarkNet Alliance Member, LaFollette, Tenn., told members one of his goals would be to help control the costs of Conference and Show.
“No matter what the cost, the knowledge and tools I have gained have been invaluable,” he says of his Conference and Show experiences. “I have never left without taking something home to use in our business.”
He says he would like to recruit more members, and, more importantly, retain them. Quality educational programs, including online training, also are priorities, he says.
“We, as leaders, must define who we are and what member benefits and services we better can provide in order to keep members,” he says.
Auctioneers also must embrace change, he says, and prepare for economic fluctuations.
“I will work to give you, as NAA members, the tools and resources you desire and require to grow your business in this unique time in history,” he says.
Also during the election, NAA Auctioneers selected two new Directors.
Jimmie Dean Coffey, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, GPPA, of United Country ― Coffey Realty & Auction, Bloomington, Ind., had 367 votes, and Rich Schur, CAI, BAS, GPPA, of Schur Success Auction & Appraisal Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., had 327 votes.
Coffey says he plans to collaborate with the auction industry’s young professionals and continue to help the NAA improve upon technology and communications.
“We have to adopt an online education program,” he says. “NAA must be a data and analytic resource hub for our members.”
Schur says he is thrilled about the auction industry’s future.
“We’re going to have to rethink, reshape, reclassify … Now is the time for me to step in and truly make a difference using my experience as an Auctioneer and my previous business experience,” he says.
The election took place during the NAA and National Auctioneers Foundation’s Annual Business Meeting. The NAF accepted the entire slate of leaders for its 2011-2012 Board of Trustees.
Randy Ruhter of Ruhter Auction & Realty Inc., Hastings, Neb., is Vice President, and the NAF’s new Trustees are Marvin Henderson of JAH Enterprises Inc., Henderson Auctions, Livingston, La.; Sherman Hostetter Jr., CAI, AARE, CES, GPPA, of Hostetter Auctioneers, Beaver Falls, Pa.; and Homer Nicholson, AARE, CES, of Nicholson Auction & Real Estate, Ponca City, Okla.
In addition to the elections, NAA Auctioneers announced during the meeting that members helped raise $55,696 in support of the association during its July 13 Fun Auction. A heads and tails game during the event earned more than $4,100.